In part 1 of this series, “Dominical, Costa Rica: The National Parks,” I talked about two of my favorite National Parks, Manuel Antonio and Marino Ballena National Marine Park both of which are located near Dominical. In this article, I would like to share with you some of the fantastic beaches which offer a wide variety of different experiences from surfing to strolling along the beach.
Playa Ballena, located in Marino Ballena National Park, offers beginning surfers a good place to learn. The waves here are approximately a one foot in height. This is also a great long-boarding location. During the winter months, October to March, you might get a chance to see the humpback whales on their migratory route.
According to surfers, Playa Dominical has the most consistent wave in Costa Rica. Wave heights rarely drop below three feet. However, this is not a good place to swim as the swells and rip tides make it difficult and dangerous.
The name roughly translates to the “little Playa Dominical.” This is a popular beach for beginning surfers. Waves here are small and gentle – averaging about one foot high. You can also see the local fishermen bring in their daily catch here.
There is more than one beach named Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica for a good reason. The name translates to “beautiful beach” in English, and this, like the others lives up to its name. Playa Hermosa is bordered by Marino Ballena National Park to the south. The waves at Playa Hermosa’s waves are normally about a foot and a half with very good wave form. The water here is crystal clear.
Playa Ventanas (Windows Beach)
Playa Ventanas (Windows Beach) derives its name from the beautiful sea caves that line the beach. Some may create a blowhole” effect during certain tides.
I also want to share with you some of the wide variety of accommodations that are available in the area from Costa Rica Bedfinder. Each week I will select a few of my favorite places to stay with you.
About 5 km south of Dominical an exclusive gated community called ‘Las Olas’ is home to some of the best luxury vacation rentals in Dominica. One of my favorites is ‘Villa Paraiso’, arguably The most outstanding luxury villa in South Pacific, Costa Rica.
Another one I like is ‘Villa Suenos Pacifico’, which is perhaps The top 3-bedroom luxury vacation home in Dominical.
‘The Antigua’, a fine example of Guatemalan architecture & decor with spectacular ocean views is another vacation villa you have to see.